Council Hears Updates from Dept. Heads
BY MELANIE BUCK –
The City of Mena has announced their annual Fall Clean-Up dates and City Council approved an ordinance for a lot-split subdivision.
The City of Mena’s 12th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 26. Only yard waste items will be picked up. Due to state law, the City cannot pick up construction debris and lumber. The city asks that you place items at the curbside prior to October 26th to insure they will be collected.
It is required that smaller items, such as small limbs, gum balls, and leaves, be placed in garbage bags.
This service is free for the residents of Mena. The Mena Street Department will begin collection in the Northwest part of the city and work their way across town following the same routes as Southern Disposal. This pick-up is scheduled for one week only and it is not necessary to call City Hall in order to receive this service.
In department reports, Steve Egger represented the fire department and told the council that the fire department and other municipal agencies have been experiencing radio issues for several months. To correct the issue, radio equipment is being relocated to Grandview Heights to the old water tower location. “Hopefully in the next few weeks we will have that done,” said Egger.
Egger also reported that Mena’s tornado sirens have received some work. “The Eve Street tornado siren has been repaired; however, the Grandview Heights siren does not cancel out during testing. It’s working properly, but when we test it, it will continue to sound for a full three minutes. But, all tornado sirens are working in the event of an emergency,” Egger explained.
Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Fowler reported that the new restrooms at Aubrey Tapley Park Soccer Fields are almost complete. He also said he continues to work on the Trails for Life grant.
Police Chief Brandon Martin said his department filed 133 reports during the month of September, made 37 arrests, and worked 36 accidents. Martin also said that the reserve officer class will be completed by the end of the month.
Mena Regional Health System delivered 35 babies in the month of September according to Hospital Administrator Jay Quebedeaux. The hospital also received 136 patient admits, 186 emergency department visits, 1,405 clinic visits, and performed 91 surgeries.
The Mena Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Council to approve a new ordinance for a lot-split subdivision in Olmstead’s Subdivision in the Eureka Addition for Stanley and Laurie Craig. Stan Craig explained to the Council that the lot-split would allow for the building of a duplex and possibly a single-family residence as well in that area. The Council voted to approve and Ordinance #2256 was created.
The next Mena City Council meeting will be held on November 10th at 6:30 in Mena City Hall.